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Category: Investment Advisory

December 13, 2021

The Premise and Promise of Life Insurance

  At its core, a life insurance policy is a contract between the insurer and the policy owner. It spells out how much money the beneficiary or beneficiaries will receive upon the death of the insured, and how much money the policyholder must pay to keep the coverage in force. In a narrow sense, the guarantee behind a life insurance policy is only as strong as the insurer that wrote the policy. However, life insurance companies are heavily regulated by… Read more ›

October 12, 2021

Would a Roth IRA Conversion Make Sense for You?

Roth IRA and 401(k) accounts were created in 1998. Contributions to Roth accounts are taxed on the front end at ordinary tax rates when made. But withdrawals from these accounts are generally tax-free on the back end. If you began saving for your retirement before 1998, even if you subsequently started contributing to a Roth account, you’ve probably accumulated a significant nest egg in traditional (non-Roth) retirement savings vehicles. Unlike withdrawals from Roth accounts, most or all of the money… Read more ›

April 27, 2021

Giving a Gift That Lasts: Teach Your Children Financial Literacy

A PDF copy of this article about teaching financial responsibilities to children can be found by clicking here.  Giving to our children comes naturally. As with any other family practice, our spending habits serve as a role model for our children. The conflict here generally comes with wanting to demonstrate our love through spending and at the same time teach appreciation, respect and responsibility in financial matters. The teaching and understanding of financial responsibilities starts at home. How comfortable is… Read more ›

December 6, 2020

Unusual Year Steers Year-End Tax Strategies – 2020 Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals

PDF: Unusual Year Steers Year-End Tax Strategies – 2020 Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals Please click the link above for a printable, PDF copy of the letter below.  As the end of 2020 approaches, we can all agree that this year is unlike any other. The coronavirus pandemic and natural disasters have had a significant impact on the tax situation for many taxpayers. In response to the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, Congress passed two major pieces… Read more ›

July 28, 2020

Investing in a Volatile Stock Market

On July 23, Richard Morris, Director of Tax Services, and Senior Investment Advisor, Alex Seleznev collaborated on an article for Harness Wealth on the topic of tax planning during a time of stock market volatility. Among the topics covered are what to avoid with regards to investments and how to handle Roth IRAs. Click here to read the full article.

January 28, 2020

Debora May and Wendy Moyers Selected by Washingtonian Magazine as Top Financial Advisors in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Region

January 29, 2020 (Bethesda, MD & Washington, DC) – Debora May, CPA, CFP®, CDFA® and Wendy Moyers, CFP®, CDFA®, respectively Executive Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor at Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C., have been recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as top financial advisors in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. This is the eighth such recognition for Ms. May and the first for Ms. Moyers. Winners are selected through a peer review process managed and administered by Washingtonian Magazine. Debora May, CPA,… Read more ›

December 20, 2019

May Barnhard Investments Launches New Website

December 20, 2019 (Bethesda, MD & Washington, DC) – May Barnhard Investments, the fee-only financial advisory affiliate of Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C., has launched its new website, providing details about the expertise of MBI’s nine financial and investment management professionals, and an overview of the firm’s relationships with individual and institutional clients. The new May Barnhard Investments website can be accessed at www.maybarnhardinvestments.com. “When we welcomed MBI in late 2018, we wanted to enhance its visibility so clients understood… Read more ›

November 1, 2018

CBM Acquires Financial Planning and Investment Management Firm, May Barnhard Investments (MBI)

Acquisition Expands CBM Financial Planning and Investment Management Services CBM – Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C. (CBM) has acquired May Barnhard Investments, LLC (MBI) effective November 1, 2018. MBI, a fee-only financial management firm, provides comprehensive financial planning and investment management services to help clients pursue their life goals with confidence. MBI was founded in 2013 by Debora May, CPA, CFP®, CDFA®, Judith Barnhard, CPA, CFP®, CDFA®, Jeff May, CPA and Alex Seleznev, MBA, CFP®, CFA. Ms. May, Ms. Barnhard… Read more ›

February 25, 2018

Debora May, Executive Vice President at CBM, Selected as 2018 Top Financial Advisor by Washingtonian Magazine

Debora May, CPA, CFP®, CDFA®, Executive Vice President at CBM, was recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as a 2018 Top Financial Advisor. This award, whose winners are selected by peers throughout the Washington metropolitan region and compiled by the magazine, is the seventh such recognition for Ms. May who has been listed by the Washingtonian for financial advisory expertise multiple times in the past. Ms. May has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting with significant experience in tax,… Read more ›

January 13, 2018

CBM Professionals Receive CPA and CFA Designations

Eva Tung and Jenny Wang, respectively Staff Accountant and Senior Investment Analyst at CBM – Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C., respectively received their Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations in December 2017. Both industry recognitions reflect the deepening accounting and financial advisory expertise available to CBM’s clients. “We are proud of our team members’ ongoing commitment to professional excellence,” said Peter B. Reilly, CPA, CVA, President and Managing Partner of CBM. “Eva and Jenny have worked… Read more ›